A student is subject to probation as soon as his/her graduate cumulative GPA falls below 2.500.


The student remains on probation until four more courses are taken, at which time another evaluation is made. If at that time the student has failed to raise his/her cumulative GPA to the required level of 2.500, it is a violation of satisfactory progress.  The student may be dismissed for poor scholarship and be prohibited from registering for additional course work.

A student who has been dismissed may, after a period of time, petition for reinstatement. The petition, addressed to the dean of the college, would provide information that would demonstrate a change in the student’s circumstances to an extent that would support successful completion of the student’s degree program. The dean’s decision, based upon the merits of the petition and the recommendation of program director, may, if favorable, stipulate conditions of reinstatement.  The dean has the discretion to reject the recommendation for reinstatement.


If you were previously enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Science and Health but have not been in attendance for a period of one calendar year or longer, but not more than four calendar years, you must complete a readmission application with the Office of Graduate Admission. (If more than four calendars years have elapsed since you have been in attendance, you must file a new standard application.) The application must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the day of registration for the term in which you expect to resume your studies. Official copies of transcripts recording scholastic work taken while not enrolled at DePaul University must be submitted. As a policy, students are held to the degree requirements that are in force at the time of readmission.

Transfer Credit

In general, it is not encouraged that students seek to transfer in credit for the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) program. In exceptional cases, a maximum of eight quarter hours (or six semester system hours) may be transferred from another institution or program to count toward the graduate degree. Requests to transfer courses must be approved by the program director and associate dean for graduate studies. Transfer credit can only be awarded for graduate level coursework which has not counted toward the completion of a degree at DePaul or any other institution.  Students may not substitute any other course for the capstone requirement. 

Undergraduate Courses

No undergraduate-level courses or credit may count toward MSSE graduate course requirements.

Graduation Requirements

You must have successfully completed all of the degree requirements as listed in the catalog under which you were admitted. Students need to achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.500 to graduate.

Graduation with Distinction

To graduate with distinction from the MSSE program, students must have earned a cumulative 3.75 GPA or higher for coursework applied toward the MSSE degree.

Time Limitation

Graduate students in MSSE program is expected to complete their program degree requirements within a six-year period from the first registration date for a course in the program. When a graduate student fails to finish before the end of the sixth year, the department or program director may recommend, on receipt of the student’s petition, in writing, an extension of time with or without additional courses, examinations, or other conditions.